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FANRPAN Participates in AU-EU Investing in a Food Secure Future Conference
Noordwijk, the Netherlands
4 July 2016 - 6 July 2016

160706-05-04 Conference AU-EU Investing in a Food Secure Future

The global conference AU-EU Investing in a Food Secure Future was held in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, from 4 - 6 July 2016. The conference, organized by the Government of the Netherlands, the African Union and European Commission, brought together participants from governments, international organizations, businesses, investment groups, research institutions and civil society to share their experiences and expertise and to partner in efforts to sustainably transform agriculture in order to achieve food security, improved nutrition, and rural growth.

The Government of the Netherlands, in its capacity as EU Presidency 2016, has taken the initiative to advance AU - EU cooperation in the field of agriculture, and place special emphasis on the role of agricultural policy cooperation in food security and nutrition improvement.

Acknowledging considerable challenges and achievements within Africa to end hunger, achieve food security and improvement in nutrition, the Conference was held to build on the commitment of African leaders as expressed at the June 2014 AU Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. With acceleration of agricultural growth and transformation as the primary strategy to end poverty in Africa and reducing vulnerability to climate and weather related risk, the Conference explored options for the contribution of agriculture policy cooperation between the AU and EU, including for SDG2 and AU Agenda 2063 implementation, and in alignment with the commitments of the Malabo declaration.

The conference was officially opened by Martijn van Dam, Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands, Ms. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Development of the African Union and Mr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Participants discussed five main themes of cooperation; (i) Climate smart agriculture; (ii) fighting Food Losses and Waste; (iii) improved market access; (iv) responsible private sector investment and (v) science and innovation for agricultural development. Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba FANRPAN's Programme Manager facilitated one of two parallel sessions on food losses and waste.

The Conference put forward key collaborative outcomes, to accelerate the implementation of relevant agreements and actions as well as to strengthen the cooperation with private sector. In this light several partnerships were initiated during the Conference and are under construction (Gambia, Uganda, World Resources Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, the Netherlands, UNECA, COLEACP). The Netherlands, as co-organizer of the AU-EU Investing in a Food Secure Future Conference, committed to funding two to four Agri-business incubators for Africa, and invited to further exploring this approach with other partners. The European Commission committed to deepen their work in the five thematic areas, especially via EC Funds, mainly EDF, ENI for North Africa, the Global Public Goods Fund, Agrify, and Funds of the European Investment Bank. And as a next step facilitate the continued dialogue called for by the Conference, by bringing a biennial Ministerial AU-EU 'Roundtable' focused on implementation to life, aimed at a strong and lasting partnership of AU and EU around the five main themes of cooperation.

Speeches and presentations can be found on the website

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